8 Benefits of Fitness Other Than Shaping Your Body

Most people start going to the gym because of the muscles they build. Others want to lose weight, get ready for the summer and create the body they’ve always wanted to have. And yes, this is possible. It happens when you take your workouts seriously, stay focused and persistent.

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But only after you’ve been to the gym a few times will you be able to notice the many other things it gives you. Slowly but steadily you’re becoming a better person. Every gym session takes you one step closer to success.
This sport takes more time, but the results are permanent and unbelievable. It needs dedication – effort, compromises, concentration, perseverance, time and energy.

Here are some other advantages of fitness:

8 Benefits of Fitness to Get You Motivated to Go to The Gym Today

1. You build character.

That’s right! While you build muscles, you’re also building your character. You become disciplined, well-regulated and organized.

2. Nothing can stop you now.

The fitness lifestyle gives you self-confidence, but you also start to actually believe in yourself. Now that you’ve seen some results, you know you can achieve everything.

You are closer to success and that is the boost that motivates you to set more goals and work on them. Getting in shape is only the beginning and it shows you that everything is possible. You’ve set your mind for success and nothing can get in your way.

3. No more anger.

 You won’t yell at people or get annoyed anymore simply because your energy will be burnt in the gym. That will also make you even-tempered and calm.

4. You increase self-esteem.

Regardless of your weight, appearance and lack of muscles, after some time you will become more confident.

Many people try to discourage you from looking yourself in the mirror at the beginning of your fitness adventure. But I think this is one of the best things in the gym.

No matter how you look and feel before your first training, you can’t miss to see the change you’re going to experience. You will actually realize how hard you are working on yourself, you’ll give a signal to your subconsciousness that this time you are more motivated and determined than ever.

Notice your reflection in the mirror while doing every exercise, experience every movement and see how your veins pop out. Check yourself out after you finish. Be proud of all the sweat, because it is an evidence of the effort you just made.

5. It can become a lifelong habit.

You visit the gym a couple of times. It is hard and unpleasant in the beginning. You don’t feel comfortable there and think everyone is staring at you. Then you decide to go again, and again. After a month you start seeing some results and your motivation increases. Then after three months you’ll have built the habit of working out 3-5 times a week.

It is now as important to you as going to work/school. After a year you have a new body and want to make it even better. Everyone around you admires your dedication and results. Every aspect of your life is improved.

You will meet lovers and haters, but they will both make you even more motivated to continue to work out. Now going to the gym is the moment you look forward to every day. It has become a lifestyle. You wonder how you’ve lived without fitness before.

6. Less chance of a heart attack.

Cardio makes your heart stronger and it starts pumping blood with less effort. That lowers the risk of a heart attack.

7. Flexibility.

You work hard only during your gym session but you remain active for the whole day. You become livelier and agile. You are more balanced and flexible and move faster. Every activity in your day takes less effort simply because you can now lift heavier and endure more.

8. New people and atmosphere.

You may be living or working in a place you can’t stand, you may have to share an apartment with people you don’t like, but when you go to the gym to do your daily workout, you are stepping into a new world.

There you will make new friends, but this time they will be people who have the same interests and goals. You can exchange information, give and receive advice, get motivated and really feel like home there.

Start working out and enjoy each of these feelings. See the change and believe it is possible. Become invincible, take control over your body and mind and introduce the new you to the world.

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Lidiya K

Lidiya K

Author, blogger and podcaster in the fields of self-improvement and life hacking. Creator of Let's Reach Success.
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  1. Great stuff! Thanks Lidiya, coincidentally I asked Jase, my husband to talk a walk together later today- we hvnt done this for awhile. Good timing for some motivational boost! Thanks for dropping by my blog too by the way 🙂

  2. I totally agree. I will reblog this after I finish my child abuse posts-if you don’t mind.

    I think physical health is important to a healthy self-confidence; active, more enjoyable sex life; better relationships-forming relationships with goal-oriented, confident people (join a running group…you’ll know what I mean); best of all, for the introvert in me is that it’s another great time for me to think.

    1. Well said! Thanks for the comment! And I’ll appreciate it if you reblog the post and help me spread the message.
      Good luck with everything 🙂

  3. I love my workouts and joined a gym for no specific reason. No actually I wanted more stamina. I enjoy going even if I don’t always totally sweat my socks of, I feel good for any workout! Your points are very valid! And one day I might even get more muscles… hehe

  4. I am lucky enough to have a home gym with a nice circuit training machine, a treadmill and a set of kettle bells that love to kick my ass into shape. I believe I’m going down there right now and have at it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  5. Reblogged this on learnactshare and commented:
    Lidiya opens the bigger picture on fitness. Quick read, great info.

  6. In addition, when you exercise outside the added benefit is enjoying and being inspired by the beauty of nature.

  7. An interesting post. I went to the gym for two decades and only stopped A) after two car accidents: and B) when the gym politely asked me not to return. They could handle me walking in, albeit limping, but not the exit, dragging a screaming body through the gym to leave, barely able to take a step without tears falling. (This with their therapy program).
    Losing my gym time was a worse blow than the accidents. I’ve tried everything currently known to man and can do nothing without severe pain. I accept that millions love exercise (as I did/do) but I’m part of the forgotten who can no longer do it.
    I appreciate your post Lidiya, as a motivation for those who could but don’t exercise, and I apologise if I, in any way, upset you or anyone else here. I simply wish some thought was given to helping those who are not classed as ‘severely disabled’ and can receive specialist therapy, to those who fall through those gaps. I would love to return to the days of aerobics, weight training and the feeling of being able to do anything. I would love to be able to walk for longer than ten minutes without pain and paying for it later and the next day.
    Again, I apologise, but sometimes, it hurts to have what you had and no longer can, “in your face”, Susan

    1. Thank you for sharing that story. I appreciate it. And don’t feel sorry for that.
      I sympathize with you in that and also think that something should be done about those who can’t go to the gym.
      In my posts I often write about being grateful and aware of all the beautiful and simple things we have and try to remind my reader of the things we usually take for granted. I guess just this post is more about the physical side of things.
      Best wishes.

      1. Thanks Lidiya. I appreciate your reply. I get a little, ok, perhaps a lot upset at what I’ve lost, and all for no fault of my own. I’ve nearly ‘killed’ myself with new programs and modalities and I’m still here, unable to do what I loved. I’m sorry if I came across too strong, it hit a raw nerve on a bad day. Again – thank yiu for replying..
        Ciao, Susan x

  8. Exercise is by far the most effective means I have of moderating my OCD. It has multiple benefits: It improves my health, which improves my physique, which improves my mood and gives my mind something to focus on for a while.

  9. You’ve summerized it very nice Lidiya. I confirm everything above is the truth.
    Plus I have a big Adam’s apple. I felt strangled buttoning up my shirts’ collars. If I wanted to feel comfortable I was forced to wear shirts one size bigger. But I lost fat from my neck and I can button up collars on all of my shirts. Neck fat! I would never have believed there was such a thing.

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog, Lidiya, you have some very interesting information, good to be in touch. Mo

  11. I weighed 115 kgs and my inner life sucked. I smiled outwardly and was praised by some as being well fed by my husband and taken good care of but that is typical in Africa. I needed to do something and I got to the gym and more. Yes today I proudly scale between 70-71.5 kgs and I have reaped so much from the fitness and al that there’s no turning back. I was recently told I could very well be 24 years and that’s taken off 10 years from me who once looked 40 or more. It took me over 2 years and much sacrifice but I did and so can all of us!

    1. That’s an amazing story. So inspirational. Well done. Once again someone proves that with a positive attitude, not giving up and with the definite desire to change, man can achieve everything. And of course the support was priceless.
      Best wishes! Thanks for the comment!

      1. Lydia,
        Thanks for the good posts which got me to commenting and sharing briefly my story in the first place. Hm as for support I barely had any but I was adamant. However I am much admired now for my resolve and much more so it is more of what you want and sticking to that and braving it all with or without support from others – unless you were referring to some other support?
        Best Wishes too and thanks for liking one of my recent posts!

        1. I was referring to your husband but just read the first comment again adn realized I understood it wrong.
          So you were strong enough to keep pushing even without any encouragement. That’s great.

  12. This is a magnificent post! People need to understand the value of exercise beyond petty, self-centered narcissism. You have spelled it out so perfectly. Thanks for sharing your insights in such a powerful way! (www.envisionhealthcoaching.org/coaching-classes)

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